Morning Musing: 1 Samuel 14:6

“Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.””  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Jonathan was nothing if not brave. He had already led an attack on a Philistine garrison which had put his nation in the place that it was. Now he was going to attack another whole garrison with nobody but his armor bearer (which was kind of like a caddie for a golfer) and one sword between them. All of this while his father and the rest of the nation were cowering back in their camp wondering what they were going to do.

Now, I don’t know that I would recommend going off on your own to attack a whole garrison of enemy troops. But, Jonathan’s reasoning was rooted in faith and so he was on solid footing. He trusted that the Lord was going to save him and the people of Israel and he was willing to put this faith on the line in order to see it brought to action. This is where we find an example worth following.

Are you willing to put your faith on the line to prove its veracity? Are you willing to put your God to the test? Let me clarify. There are some ways we shouldn’t put God to the test. We shouldn’t put God to the test when our testing comes from a place of doubt. It shouldn’t come from a place of sin either.

But, when our testing comes from a place of trust where we take God’s faithful promises and give Him the chance to be faithful to them, He will honor such efforts. So then, how can you put your trust to the test? How can you put your faith in God on the line such that He has the opportunity to show you His faithfulness? You’ll like the results.

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